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Pittsburgh at Washington
7 tonight, VersusSeries tied 2-2
 The Penguins did everythingthey wanted against the Capitals. They won both games at home,and Friday’s 5-3 victory evenedthe Eastern Conference semifinalseries at 2-2. But Pittsburgh playersweren’t too happy after the game.A questionable hit by Washington’sAlex Ovechkin injured Pittsburghstar defenseman Sergei Gonchar—and it could be serious.“(Ovechkin) sticks his leg rightout at him,” Brooks Orpik said of theknee-on-knee hit. “Hopefully theleague takes action.”
— Craig Custance
 
Page 8
Another big scoring night forKobe Bryant, another ejection forRon Artest, above background. Two new developments, however,helped propel the Lakers to a 108-94 win over the Rockets, givingL.A. a 2-1 series lead. The Lakers hit55.0 percent of their 3-point shotsafter making 8 of 35 in the first twogames. And Jordan Farmar was asteady replacement for suspendedpoint guard Derek Fisher. ”Hestepped up and played exception-ally well,” Bryant said.
— Benson Taylor 
 
Page 12
Welcomewhack
Alex Rodriguez hom-ered on the first pitchhe saw in his injury-delayed 2009 season,leading the Yankees to a4-0 win.
Page 18 CC shuts down O’s,ends slide,
Page 19
SATURDAYMAY 9, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 291
Scoreboard
NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference semifinals
Orlando 117, Boston 96
(Orlando leads series 2-1)
Western Conference semifinals
L.A. Lakers 108, Houston 94
(L.A. Lakers lead series 2-1)
NHL Playoffs
Eastern Conference semifinals
Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3
(Series tied 2-2)
Carolina 4, Boston 1
(Carolina leads series 3-1)
Baseball
American League
N.Y. Yankees 4, Baltimore 0Detroit 1, Cleveland 0Boston 7, Tampa Bay 3Texas 6, Chicago White Sox 0Minnesota 11, Seattle 0Oakland 5, Toronto 3L.A. Angels 4, Kansas City 1
National League
Philadelphia 10, Atlanta 6Cincinnati 6, St. Louis 4N.Y. Mets 7, Pittsburgh 3Milwaukee 3, Chicago Cubs 2Houston 2, San Diego 0Florida 8, Colorado 3Washington 5, Arizona 4San Francisco 3, L.A. Dodgers 1
MLB>16 NFL>27 NBA>12 NHL>7 NASCAR>30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>32 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>33 LACROSSE>35
QUICK LINKS:
BY STAN MCNEAL
Last season brought Josh Hamilton and hisremarkable comeback from drug abuse. This sea-son, Kansas City righthander Zack Greinke has become the feel-good story three years after he leftthe game because of an anxiety disorder.Behind the Zack attack:
NUMBERS
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen calls Greinke,“the best in the game right now.” Disagree? Checkthese numbers: Heading into tonight’s start at Ana-heim, Greinke, 25, has allowed two earned runs insix starts, all wins. He pitched 29 innings this sea-son before allowing an earned run. He has 54strikeouts in 45 innings, eight walks and threecomplete games, including a shutout over Guillen’sWhite Sox in his last start. “For me to give credit tosomebody takes a lot, but this kid deserves credit,”Guillen said. “Baseball needs people like that.”
STUFF
Scouts say Greinke has about 12 pitches. Four ismore accurate, but the discrepancy exists becausehe throws his curve, slider and fastball at differentspeeds. His fastball touched 95 mph in the ninthinning against Chicago. A slow curve: 69. Whatfurther separates Greinke is the ability to throwany pitch in any count for a strike. “You have tolook for a fastball early,” said TV analyst SteveStone, one of two 25-game winners since 1980(Bob Welch won 27 in 1990). “When he gets you ina hole, he’s going to bury you.”
CONFIDENCE
Grienke still doesn’t like attention but is far moreat ease on and off the field than when he left springtraining and went home for three months in 2006.Newfound confidence might be the main reasonfor his domination because hitters say he’s alwayshad superb stuff. Now he’s making them uncom-fortable with it. “He’s developed an attitude,” Stonesaid. “He’s not afraid to knock guys down.”While Greinke’s success has helped the Royalsto first place and created a buzz throughout base- ball, he remains unimpressed.“I saw stuff of Fernandomania,” he says of thehype surrounding Dodgers great Fernando Valen-zuela in 1981. “(The atmosphere at his last start)was great but it wasn’t that class.”Not yet, anyway.
NHL PLAYOFFSNBA PLAYOFFS
Winning attitude
Royal flush
Where would the Royals be without Zack Greinke? Not infirst place in the A.L. Central. His contributions:Greinke is tied with Toronto’s Roy Halladay atop the majors with sixwins. He leads all of baseball in four categories:
0.40
ERA
3
complete games
2
shutouts
0.84
WHIP
AP/STAFFGRAPHIC
5
Greinke: 0.40 ERA, (6-0 record)Rest of Royals’ starters: 4.89 ERA, (8-9 record)
ERA
Three years after almost quitting,Greinke’s now dominating majors
ROBCARR/APERICGAY/AP
 
AUTO RACING
8 a.m.SPEED—
FormulaOne, qualifying forSpanish Grand Prix,at Barcelona, Spain
NoonVERSUS—
IRL,pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
7 p.m.FOX—
NASCAR,Sprint Cup,Southern 500, atDarlington, S.C.
COLLEGEBASEBALL
1 p.m.FSN—
 Texas A&Mat Texas
GOLF
9:30 a.m.TGC—
EuropeanPGA Tour, ItalianOpen, third round,at Turin, Italy(same-day tape)
2 p.m.ESPN2—
LPGA,Michelob ULTRAOpen, third round,at Williamsburg, Va.
NBC—
PGA Tour, THE PLAYERSChampionship,third round, atPonte Vedra Beach,Fla.
MAJORLEAGUEBASEBALL
3:30 p.m.FOX—
Regionalcoverage, TampaBay at Boston,Atlanta atPhiladelphia, orSan Francisco atL.A. Dodgers
7 p.m.WGN
—Texas atChicago White Sox
MEN’SCOLLEGELACROSSE
NoonESPN2 —
NCAADivision I tourna-ment, first round,Brown at JohnHopkins
MEN’SCOLLEGEVOLLEYBALL
7 p.m.ESPN2—
NCAADivision I tourna-ment, champion-ship match, USC vs.UC Irvine, at Provo,Utah
NBABASKETBALL
3:30 p.m.ABC—
Playoffs,conference semifi-nals, Game 4, L.A.Lakers at Houston
5 p.m.ESPN—
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game 3,Denver at Dallas
8 p.m.ABC—
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game3, Cleveland atAtlanta
NHL HOCKEY
7 p.m.VERSUS—
Playoffs,Eastern Conferencesemifinals, Game5, Pittsburgh atWashington
10:30 p.m.VERSUS—
Playoffs,WesternConferencesemifinals, Game5, Chicago atVancouver
SOCCER
9 p.m.ESPN2
—MLS,Dallas at Houston
NBA
Nuggets at Mavericks
5 p.m., ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki’s personal life has become anissue in his professional one, as a woman (fian-cée?) was arrested at his home this week forwhat amounts to financial shenanigans. Whilethis could be a huge distraction for Nowitzkiand the Mavericks as they try to notch their firstwin of this series, it is not without precedentfor players to do well in trying situations. TheMavericks won’t turtle when they play so wellat American Airlines Center.
GOLF
The PlayersChampionship
2 p.m., NBC
 The leaderboard has a decidedly interna-tional flavor, with Germany’s Alex Cejka at thetop of the heap. While the 38-year-old has wona number of events abroad, NBC analyst JohnnyMiller could have well been talking about Cejka,who is winless on American soil, when sizing upthe difficulty of winning golf’s unofficial fifthmajor: “It’s going to be exciting, when you havethose last three holes (16-18) and the chokefactor, and the pressure of winning The PlayersChampionship, a lot of things can happen.”
NASCAR
Southern 500
7 p.m., FOX
Even if the repaved racing surface atDarlington is much smoother than the daysof yore, this track still is a demanding one thatallows only the sport’s best drivers to do wellthere. So look for Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson,Jeff Gordon and defending race winner KyleBusch to do well tonight. If you’re looking fordarkhorses, look at Ryan Newman, who alsohas shown past Darlington strength and enterstonight’s race on a roll.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
Obama art benefits Berkeley school
Cal forward
 Jamal Boykin
has a newobsession, according to the
San FranciscoChronicle
—he’s hand-crafting portraitsof 
President Obama
for charity events to beheld in Washington, D.C., Los Angelesand likely San Francisco. Proceeds will be given to the art program at MalcolmX Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif.Boykin will hold an exhibition today atthe Alphonse Berber Gallery in Berkeley.“I no longer believe in coincidence,”Boykin told the newspaper. “The waythings have lined up just proves it wasall supposed to happen.”The work, according to the
Chronicle,
ranges from sketches to stippling andincludes Boykin’s first forays into acrylicpaint and cross-hatching.“The only way I could ever sell this isif I had the blessing from the president,”Boykin said. “To me, I feel like this is mychild.”
Nowitzki warned about woman
People within the Mavericks organi-zation cautioned
Dirk Nowitzki
about hisrelationship with a woman who wasarrested at the star forward’s home thisweek, multiple team sources told the
 Dallas Morning News
.
Cristal Taylor
, 37, remained jailed Thurs-day night in Dallas County jail with bailset at $20,000 on a theft of servicescharge and no bail allowed on a proba-tion violation.Taylor has a history of financial crimesunder multiple identities that date backat least a decade and span both Texasand Missouri, records and interviews bythe
 Morning News
show. Two Dallas-areaTV stations cited unidentified sources inreporting Thursday that Taylor had been engaged to Nowitzki and is preg-nant with his child. Sources who spoketo the
 Morning News
did not, or could not,confirm her pregnancy.
Quick hits
 
“Mannywood” is no more. In thewake of 
Manny Ramirez
’s suspension for test-ing positive for a banned substance, theDodgers’ have stopped a promotion thatoffered two seats in left field and two “Man-nywood” T-shirts for $99,CNBC.com reported. The section will now be referredto as the “90090” section in honor of thenew Dodger Stadium ZIP code.
 
Actor
Michael J. Fox
, who is battlingParkinson’s disease, was joined bycyclist
Lance Armstrong
and actress andCubs fan
Bonnie Hunt
for a game at Wrig-ley Field in the debut episode of ABC’s
 Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an IncurableOptimist 
,
SportsBusiness Daily
reported.“If the subject is optimism,” said Fox,while at Wrigley Field, “then what I amdoing here?”
— SportsBusiness Daily,sportsbusinessdaily.com
 Jamal Boykin’s art will be on display today in theBay Area.
BENMARGOT/AP
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My Profile
Bob Stanley
Member of Red Sox Hall of Fame
(What you won’t find on Facebook … even if you are approved as a friend)
Born:
Nov. 10, 1954, in Portland, Maine
Status:
Married
Alma mater:
Kearny (N.J.) High
These days:
Giving pitching lessons and running camps at theUSA Training Center in Newington, N.H.
What’s on TV:
The Price Is Right 
,
CSI 
,
Criminal Minds
,
 24
,
 Law & Order 
What’s in my iPod:
Country, all kinds
What I drive:
Chevy Trailblazer
Favorite flicks:
 Radio
,
 Happy Gilmore
,
To Hell and Back
What I’m reading:
Not a reader
Magazine subscription:
 People
Worst habit:
Doing everything too fast
Love to trade places for a day with …
Nobody. I like my life the way itis.
First job:
Ashland Chemical, Kearny, N.J. I made glue.
Talent I’d most like to have:
Golf better
Favorite meal:
All kinds of pasta
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:
Tiger Woods
Favorite city to visit:
Kansas City
Favorite team as a kid:
N.Y. football Giants
Favorite value in others:
Honesty
Favorite physical attribute about myself:
Height
And least …
No hair
Dream date:
I had it with my wife 32 years ago.
My greatest love:
Wife and kids
My hero:
My son Kyle, who beat cancer
My bucket list:
Go to the Kentucky Derby
— Jeff D’Alessio
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